Millions of Brits are not currently working in their chosen profession – because they feel they’re too old to retrain, it has emerged.
A study of 2000 employed adults found more than four in 10 are not working in the profession they would prefer, with 70% admitting they didn’t choose the best career path when leaving school.
The average working Brit will think about changing career five times a month, but more than a quarter say that the daily grind of real life has prevented them from trying out a new career path.
But another problem stopping adults from altering their ‘route’ is that it’s too expensive to retrain, according to more than a third. And one in seven admitted they’re just too scared of failing to try and requalify for a new job role.
Gary Measures, Managing Director of Able Skills, a leading provider of construction training courses that commissioned the study, said: “If you’re not enjoying your work then it’s going to rub off on your personal life. But it’s shocking to see that close to three quarters of employed adults across the country think the problem stems from choosing the wrong career option when leaving school.
“It’s also sad to see that so many people feel as though they are too old to take on a new career and have committed themselves to the role they are currently in. It would be good to show them how easy it is for people of all ages to train in a new job role that could change their lives for the better.’’
Top 10 reasons Brits want to leave their job
1 The pay
2 Feeling undervalued
3 The hours
4 Making no progress
5 Been there too long and are bored
6 Not interested in the subject or the job
7 It’s not very creative
8 Not challenging enough
9 Just fancy a change
10 It’s too high-pressured